There is fun in FUNdraising!

Sometimes helping people means sitting with them and listening sharing a meal connecting people to housing teaching life skills arranging public assistance But if case management, therapy or social work isn’t your thing, there are other ways to help out. Galas are fun! Some folks enjoy attending them and using their money for good acts. […]

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The Need For Dignity and Respect

“Expect Respect”. I used to have a handmade sign that said this in my old cubicle. From the security guard to me and up through the politicians in charge of designing, approving and finding programs designed to assist people in their poorest hours, you should experience respect. Dignity is important. People should feel like they […]

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Why you may hear screaming from my side of the desk – flashback to my GAIN days

The job market has not improved to any degree that includes my unskilled and uneducated clients. Private, for-profit, vocational “Schools” are lurking buzzards trying to feed off my slower and more vulnerable decision makers.  It has been a long time since someone has come in and told me that I made a difference in their […]

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Keep All Families Together

PSA: All of my friends who are American citizens—especially those in Los Angeles—when you’re done rallying for and posting about keeping families together, please drop by Skid Row or whatever shelter or homeless encampment your mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, cousin, baby daddy, baby momma, grandfather or grandmother is at and pick them and […]

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LA has a shelter bed shortage

There is a homeless shelter crisis in Los Angeles. We have 23,114 people living on the streets and in their vehicles. There are 10,201 existing interim and transitional housing beds, and another 274 coming in the City. We are short 12,639 beds. Even if an estimated 15% of folks weren’t willing to accept shelter, we […]

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$50 is the entry fee to homelessness

My friend and former co-worker Carlos works at PATH now. He told me that Zillow did a study about the risk of homelessness to renters in 2017 and apparently they did really accurate research because they are right. This means if you are renting a 1 BD apartment at $1,000 a month. For starters, you’re […]

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